After ANC MP Boy Mamabolo accused Julius Malema of abusing his wife, President Cyril Ramaphosa was drawn into the crossfire. Now, the president has apologised to the EFF leader and Mantwa Malema, adamant that the pressing issue of gender-based violence must not be politicized.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to Julius Malema, his wife Mantwa, and their family after the accusations levied against them by a member of his party.
Speaking during the State of the Nation Address Debate response, Ramaphosa addressed the chaos created by the accusations levied against the EFF leader by Boy Mamabolo.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC MP is now facing two separate defamation lawsuits over the incident.
But Ramaphosa is adamant that the allegations being raised in Parliament were improper:
"Honourable Malema, as the allegation was made against you, I felt for Mantoa, your wife. Because it was uncalled for, I must say. It was improper, it was not correct for it to be raised, and if I can offer an apology to you, about this, I would like to, because it was uncalled for. And Mantoa responded."
Malema had risen on a point of order at the end of Ramaphosa's address, pointing out that he had vowed under oath that he had never laid a hand on any woman.
Before the EFF leader could conclude, the sitting was adjourned much to the dismay of many Members of Parliament.
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